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Heimgartner stripped of maiden TCR podium 

Tom Howard

Sunday 22nd September, 2019 - 7:18pm

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Andre Heimgartner (right) has lost third to Tony D’Alberto

Andre Heimgartner has been stripped of a maiden TCR Australia podium in Race 3 at Sandown after copping a post-race penalty.

The Kelly Racing driver had crossed the line third earning his and the team’s first podium but has since been hit with a 15 second penalty for passing under yellow flag conditions.

Heimgartner was judged to have overtaken Wall Racing’s Tony D’Alberto at Turn 1 under yellows due to Alexandra Whitley’s stricken Volkswagen Golf.

As a result of the sanction, D’Alberto has been promoted to the final podium spot while Heimgartner has dropped to eighth in the results.

Race 3 was won by Nestor Girolami, while HMO Customer Racing’s Will Brown finished eighth which was enough to secure the inaugural TCR Australia crown with a round to spare.   

Updated Results: TCR Australia Race 3, Sandown

Pos Num Driver Team Car Laps Time
1     38 Nestor Girolami (ARG)   Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   20 25:17.9768
2      3 Garth Tander (Vic)      Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            20 25:18.4446
3     50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   20 25:22.5334
4      8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce/Melb Performance Cnt Volkswagon Golf GTI  20 25:25.4375
5     62 Bryce Fullwood (NT)     Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         20 25:25.7936
6      2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  20 25:28.0687
7     30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         20 25:34.9130
8    777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         20 25:35.7374
9     34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    20 25:42.6370
10    11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         20 26:00.1114
11     9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 20 26:31.9655
12    97 Liam McAdam (Qld)       Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            18 26:03.5963
DNF    7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 19 24:08.1394
DNF   35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagon Golf GTI  11 14:34.0702

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